Friday, October 16, 2009

Here Rests A Woodman Of The World

This distinct marker representing a tree stump is used to mark the graves of men who were Woodmen of the World, a "fraternal benefit society" created in 1883 that provided life insurance for its members. The Latin words written on the marker say Though silent,he speaks.

As the last photo shows there was a woman's branch of WOW known as Women of Woodcraft. They evidently did not get to use the tree stump as their grave marker. They do have a broken circle surrounding a broken tree with a dove perched on it carved into their markers though.

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